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Kia Motors America Sets July Sales Record

Sales Up 10.2% for the Month of July, 6.0% Year-to-Date

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 2, 2005; Kia Motors America (KMA) today announced monthly sales of 26,052 units for July 2005, the company's best July sales ever and a 10.2-percent increase over the same month in 2004. Kia's year-to-date sales of 169,138 were 6.0-percent ahead of the record number achieved in 2004.

Kia's July sales were highlighted by a 36.4-percent increase in sales of the Spectra nameplate, as well as a 44.0-percent increase for the Optima mid-size sedan. The Spectra compact sedan and Spectra5 five-door, which recently received the second-highest score in the compact segment in J.D. Power and Associates' Initial Quality Study (IQS), achieved its best monthly sales since the redesigned vehicles were introduced in Spring 2004.

"Our sales momentum from the first half of the year continues as next generation products such as Spectra, Sportage, Sorento and Sedona continue to bring new customers to the brand," said Peter M. Butterfield, Kia Motors America's president and chief executive officer. "After setting a new July sales record, and with the all-new subcompact Rio sedan and Rio5 five-door about to arrive in showrooms, we are confident that 2005 will result in Kia's 12th consecutive year of sales growth."

Kia Motors America is the sales, marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corp. in Seoul, South Korea. For more information, including photography, visit

                    MONTH OF JULY                     YEAR-TO-DATE
     Model         2005      2004                     2005     2004
     Rio          1,948     2,955                   19,043    26,828
     Spectra      5,981     4,386                   33,541    24,789
     Sportage     2,712         3                   15,391        59
     Optima       4,958     3,443                   28,324    27,865
     Sedona       4,801     6,599                   35,229    40,936
     Sorento      5,000     5,460                   26,263    29,168
     Amanti         652       791                   11,347     9,893

     Total       26,052    23,637                  169,138   159,538